LACKEY, ARCHER WILLIAM 'WILDMAN' - Baxter County, Arkansas | ARCHER WILLIAM 'WILDMAN' LACKEY - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Archer William 'Wildman' LACKEY

Galatia Cemetery
Baxter County,
Arkansas

15 May 1814
28 May 1905

He was the husband of (1) unknown lady who was the mother of his oldest daughter. (2) Mary who was the mother of eight of his children. (3)Mrs Frances Villard Williams who was the mother of his two youngest daughters.

He settled in AR about 1865. He is said to be very tall, prehaps as tall as six feet eight inches.

(No obiturary has been located for Archer William 'Wildman' Lackey. This obituary was constructed from genealogical research by Mary Lee Lackey Nelson.)
Archer William Lackey, 91, died at his home at Iuka on Sunday, May 28, 1905. He was known by most people as Wildman Lackey or Uncle Bill Lackey.
He had lived in the area around Iuka for over 35 years after moving there from the Iuka area of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, where he had lived for a number of years.
Mr. Lackey was a colorful man who was known by many people. He had been married three times, having outlived his first two wives. His second wife had died before he relocated to Arkansas. He married Mrs. Frances Villand Williams after he moved to the Ozarks.
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. A recent article in the May 17, 1905, issure of the 'Arkansas Methodist' tells of his coversion at age 80 and his joining the church. In the article, Rev. James F. Jernigan, Pineville, Arkansas, told of meeting Mr. Lackey: "I met him in 1894. It was a quarterly meeting at Galatia. The meeting with this celebrated man was certainly providential. I saw him sitting on a large rock, and being an inpressive looking character, I walked up to him, and introduced myself. He was smoking a cob pipe: he arose, and being on the highest ground he kept on going up till I thought, 'where will you stop old man?'. He stood clear light 6 feet and 7 or 8 inches tall. Large frame, and not fat, finely shaped head, and a piercing blue eye. He felt it a great act of friendship and politeness for 'the elder' to give him such personal attention."
In the article, Rev. Jernigan continued, "He was then 80 years old and a sinner, and had been a wicked man all his life. A drinker, fighter, and profane. He became interested in his soul's salvation, came to 'the mourner's bench', got down on his bony knees and poured out his soul in ernest penitence and prayer. He was the biggest and oldest man I ever have seen seeking Christ. He found his Lord in full, free pardon and arose praising God and those sky blue eyes bright with joy that filled his soul."
Archer William Lackey was the father of eleven children - Mrs. Mary Jane 'Janie' Parnell, Robert Lackey, John Lackey, Turner Lackey, William Tucker 'Fox' Lackey, James Lackey, Thomas Lackey, Carroll Lackey, Mrs. Nancy Robertson, Mrs. Leona Hamilton, and Mrs. Amanda Wilhite. He outlived most of his children, but among his many living descendants in the area are his three youngest daughters, Mrs. Nancy Robertson, Mrs. Leona Hamilton and Mrs. Amanda Wilhite. His wife also survives.
Funeral services were held at the Galatia Chruch with burial in the Galatia Cemetery.
(From the files of Max Parnell.)

Contributed on 8/24/08 by ashaw444
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Submitted: 8/24/08 • Approved: 9/19/12 • Last Updated: 9/22/12 • R47376-G0-S3

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